To Richard West
Bentinck8; Mr. Brand9, Offley10, Frederic, Frampton11, Bonfoy1J, &c. Sir John Cotton's1S son and a Mr. Vernon14 of Cambridge passed through Paris last week. We shall stay here about a fortnight longer, and then go to Rheims with Mr. Conway15 for two or three months. When you have nothing else to do, we shall be glad to hear from you; and any news. If we did not remember there was such a place as England, we should know nothing of it: the French never mention it, unless it happens to be in one of
their proverbs. Adieu!
To-morrow we go to the Cid. They have no farces, but petites pieces like our Devil to Pa?/10.
fourteenth. Baron Clinton, cr. Earl Clinton, 1749.
8 Second son of first Duke of Portland. He entered the army in 1743, and was present at the battle of Dettingen. He became a Major-General, and died at Bath, 1759.
9 Thomas Brand, of TheHoo, near Welwyn, Hertfordshire.
Jo Probably John Offley, of Wich-nor, near Lichfield,
" Probably James Frampton (d. 1784), of Moreton, Dorsetshire.
12 Probably Nicholas Bonfoy, of Abbot's Bipton, Huntingdonshire.
13 Sir John Hinde Cotton, third Baronet, of Landwade, Cambridgeshire; Lord of Trade and Plantations, 1718; Treasurer of the Chamber, 1744; d. 1762. The son here mentioned, John Hinde Cotton (d. 1795), succeeded his father as fourth Baronet,
14 Henry Vernon, of Hilton Park, Staffordshire.
16 Hon. Henry Seymour Conway (b. 1719), second son of first Baron Conway, brother of the Earl (afterwards Marquis) of Hertford, and first cousin of Horace Walpole, through
the marriage of his father to Charlotte Shorter, sister of Lady Walpole. Conway entered' the army in 1741, and was present at the battles of Dettingen, Laffeldt, and Fontenoy. In 1761, during the absence of the Marquis of Granby, he took command of the British forces in Germany under Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick, He became Major-General, 1756; Lieutenant-General, 1759; General, and Governor of Jersey, 1772; Field Marshal, 1793. He was M.P. for Higham Ferrers, 1741-47 ; for Penryn, 1747-54 ; for St. Mawes, 1754-61; Thetford, 1761-68; Bury St. Edmunds, 1775-80, 1780-84. He was Secretary to the Viceroy of Ireland, 1755-56 ; Secretary of State for the Northern Province, 1765-68; Lieutenant-General of the Ordnance, 1767-72; Com-mander-in-Chief, 1782-83. Conway was a frequent correspondent of Horace Walpole, who preserved an unbroken friendship with him until his death, at Park Place, Henley-on-Thames, July 9, 1795.
18 An opera by Charles Coffey, produced at Drury Lane in 1731.